Candles at Nine
Candles at Nine is a 1944 British mystery film directed by John Harlow and starring Jessie Matthews, John Stuart and Beatrix Lehmann. A wealthy man jokes about being murdered for his inheritance but is then found dead. His money is left to a distant female relative and attempts now begin on her life too.
|Candles at Nine|
|Directed by||John Harlow|
|Produced by||Wallace Orton|
|Screenplay by||Basil Mason|
|Based on||novel The Mouse Who Wouldn't Play Ball by Anthony Gilbert|
|Music by||score composed & directed by:|
|Edited by||Vi Burdon (uncredited)|
|Distributed by||Anglo-American Film Corporation (UK)|
After the mysterious death of wealthy old Everard Hope (Eliot Makeham), his avaricious relatives are little pleased to discover that his estate has been left to distant relation Dorothea Capper (Jessie Matthews), a young showgirl. The one condition of the will is that she must stay in Hope's spooky mansion for a month. After several attempts on Dorothea's life, detective William Gardener (John Stuart) decides to investigate.
- Eliot Makeham as Everard Hope
- Beatrix Lehmann as Julia Carberry, Everard's Housekeeper
- John Salew as Griggs, Everard's Butler
- Joss Ambler as Garth Hope
- Vera Bogetti as Lucille Hope, Garth's Wife
- Andre Van Gyseghem as Cecil Tempest
- Winifred Shotter as Brenda Tempest, Cecil's Wife
- Reginald Purdell as Charles Lacey
- Hugh Dempster as Hugh Lacey
- Jessie Matthews as Dorothea Capper the Heiress
- John Stuart as William Gardener, Turf Commission
- Ernest Butcher as Everard's Gardener
- C. Denier Warren as Middleton the Executor
- Patricia Hayes as Gewndolyn the Maid
TV Guide dismissed the film as a "Tedious mystery"; while Allmovie wrote, "the creaky pacing by director John Harlow makes the first half of the movie seem more soporific than atmospheric...the movie finally takes off when Matthews shows up on screen, and the visuals, the editing, the music, and the pacing all come to life. The problem there is that she looks a little long-of-tooth for the role she's playing, in terms of the element of wide-eyed wonder that she must display at her sudden good fortune -- at 37, even with lots of energy and great makeup, she looks awkward doing a role that would have been better suited to her in 1934. Beatrix Lehmann's portrayal of the housekeeper whose services she inherits comes from the Judith Anderson school of performing...and her creepy portrayal is one of the best things in the movie. There are also a couple of charming (and brief) musical sequences, one of them breaking the tension at just the right moment as the thriller's plot winds tighter. The whole thing doesn't hang together seamlessly, but it's an enjoyable diversion, if one hangs in past the first 18 minutes' tedium."
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